Skip to main content

About Karen H. Beard

My current research spans a broad range of topics but primarily focuses on species interactions and subsequent impacts on ecosystem processes, especially involving issues of invasive species and climate change. Currently I have research in Hawaii, Alaska, South Africa, Brazil, and Utah on questions related to impacts of invasives, climate change effects on plant-herbivore and plant-plant interactions, habitat fragmentation, and restoration efforts. I work with a wide range of taxa from amphibians to birds to plants. The ultimate goal of my research is to improve management decisions about non-native species and how to manage in the face of global change.


Present Associate Professor, Utah State University Wildland Resources
Present Ecology Center Faculty Associate, Utah State University Biology

Curriculum Vitae

Enter a valid date range.

Enter a valid date range.

Honors and Awards

  • Principal Investigator Award, NSF Polar Programs (2013-17)
  • USGS Powell Center for Analysis and Synthesis, panel member (2010-11)
  • USU College of Natural Resources Researcher of the Year (2006)


  • WILD 4600 Conservation Biology
  • WILD 6720/7720 Advanced Conservation Biology
  • WILD 6900 Invasion Ecology

Contact Information

Department of Wildland Resources and Ecology Center, College of Natural Resources, Utah State University, Logan, UT 84322-5230, U.S.A.
Phone 435-797-8220 Fax 435.797.3796


Articles (14)

Recent Works (4)

Peer-Reviewed Articles (82)